Mrs. Gretchen Silverman
After graduating from Loomis Chaffee in 1990, Gretchen studied at Dartmouth College, where she majored in history modified with economics. At Dartmouth, she was a standout hockey player and remains the program's all-time leading scorer with 189 goals and 312 points. She was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year as a freshman and was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Year, serving as captain of the Dartmouth Big Green during the 1993–94 season. She played on several U.S. Women's National teams before earning a spot on the 1998 Olympic team. As a member of the Olympic team, alongside Taft alumna A.J. Mleczko ’93, Gretchen won gold in Nagano, Japan, contributing a team-leading 8 points with 3 goals and 5 assists. She scored the first goal in the U.S. gold-medal game against Canada, which was the Olympics’ first ever women’s ice hockey gold-medal game. After graduating from Dartmouth, she began her independent school teaching and coaching career at the Brookwood School in Manchester, Massachusetts. During this time, she earned a master's in elementary education from Lesley College. The following year, she taught history and algebra at the Pingree School in South Hamilton, Massachusetts, and coached girls' varsity soccer, hockey, and lacrosse. After marrying her husband Steve, Gretchen moved to California, where she taught 3rd grade for two years at the Madonna del Sasso School in Salinas before beginning a family. She followed her boys into the Montessori method of education, working at Litchfield Montessori School for six years before finding her way back into high school education when she joined Taft in 2013. In addition to being a committed school educator, Gretchen remains devoted to hockey. She is highly regarded for her most recent work coaching youth hockey in Watertown, including coaching some current Taft faculty children. During summer 2016, she was a coach at the USA Hockey U15 Development Camp in St. Cloud, Minnesota, and an assistant coach at the U18 Festival in Lake Placid, New York, where she also served as a motivational speaker to the U18 and O18 groups. At Taft, Gretchen works in admissions, teaches math, lives in Centennial with her husband, Steve, and two sons, and is the head coach of girls’ ice hockey and girls’ junior varsity soccer.